Laptop Mag Benchmarks CPU Performance

The Laptops with the Best CPU Performance

Whether you're gaming, crunching numbers or editing videos, you need a fast CPU. To test processor prowess, we run a spreadsheet macro that matches 20,000 names with their addresses and records the time. These laptops finished fastest.

Product Spreadsheet Performance (mm:ss) Rating Price (As Tested) Starting Price
Alienware 17 01:47 4
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
Dell Home
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-inch) 02:37 4
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
Best Buy
Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition (2017) 02:51 4
out of 5
$2,499
From $2,499
Best Buy
Dell Precision 7520 02:59 4
out of 5
$1,199
From $1,199
Dell Home
HP Zbook 15 G4 02:59 4
out of 5
$1,429
From $1,429
HP
HP ZBook Studio G4 02:59 4
out of 5
$3,510
From $3,510
HP
HP Zbook 17 G4 02:59 4.5
out of 5
$1,564
From $1,564
HP
Lenovo ThinkPad P71 03:00 4
out of 5
$1,511
From $1,511
Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 03:01 4
out of 5
$1,439
From $1,439
Lenovo
Asus ZenBook UX430 03:08 4
out of 5
$1,052
From $1,052
Amazon
Dell Precision 5520 03:08 4
out of 5
$1,399
From $1,399
Dell Small Business
Origin EON 17 SLX (late 2016) 03:09 4
out of 5
$2,124
From $2,124
Amazon
Dell XPS 13 03:09 4.5
out of 5
$930
From $930
Dell Home
Aorus X7 v6 03:09 4
out of 5
$2,499
From $2,499
Newegg
MSI GT83VR Titan SLI (2017) 03:09 4.5
out of 5
$5,399
From $5,399
Amazon
Dell Latitude 7280 03:12 4
out of 5
$1,029
From $1,029
Dell Home
HP ZBook 14u G4 03:12 3.5
out of 5
$999
From $999
HP
Dell Latitude 5480 03:12 3.5
out of 5
$769
From $769
Dell Home
Toshiba Tecra X40-D 03:12 1
out of 5
$2,049
From $2,049
Toshiba
Microsoft Surface Pro 03:13 4
out of 5
$799
From $799
Microsoft Store
HP Omen 17 03:13 4
out of 5
$1,899
From $1,899
HP
Asus ROG G701VI 03:14 4
out of 5
$3,499
From $3,499
Amazon
Dell Latitude 7380 03:14 4
out of 5
$1,199
From $1,199
Dell Home
Razer Blade Pro (2017) 03:16 4.5
out of 5
$3,999
From $3,999
Best Buy
Dell Latitude 5280 03:16 3.5
out of 5
$849
From $849
Dell Home
HP Elitebook x360 G2 03:16 4.5
out of 5
$1,910
From $1,910
B & H Photo
Toshiba Protege X20W 03:16 4
out of 5
$1,385
From $1,385
Amazon
Alienware 15 R3 03:17 4
out of 5
$1,199
From $1,199
Dell Home
Lenovo Yoga 920 03:17 4.5
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
Lenovo
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro (2017) 03:19 3.5
out of 5
$2,399
From $2,399
Amazon
Alienware 13 03:19 4.5
out of 5
$999
From $999
Dell Home
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE 03:19 3.5
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
Newegg
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition 03:19 4
out of 5
$1,399
From $1,399
Amazon
Acer Predator Triton 700 03:19 3
out of 5
$2,999
From $2,999
Acer
Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch) 03:19 4
out of 5
$1,279
From $1,279
Newegg
Lenovo Legion Y520 03:19 3.5
out of 5
$779
From $779
Lenovo
Samsung Notebook Odyssey 15.6 03:19 2.5
out of 5
$1,196
From $1,196
Amazon
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider 03:20 3.5
out of 5
$1,949
From $1,949
Newegg
Asus ROG Strix GL503 03:20 3
out of 5
$1,099
From $1,099
Amazon
HP Omen 15 (late 2017) 03:21 4
out of 5
$909
From $909
HP
Acer Predator Helios 300 (15-inch) 03:22 4
out of 5
$1,099
From $1,099
Amazon
MSI WE72 7RJ 03:22 4
out of 5
$1,799
From $1,799
Amazon
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p 03:22 3.5
out of 5
$839
From $839
Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 03:22 4
out of 5
$1,101
From $1,101
Lenovo
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch) 03:23 4
out of 5
$1,149
From $1,149
HP
Asus VivoBook Pro 03:23 3
out of 5
$1,259
From $1,259
Amazon
Dell Precision 3520 03:23 3
out of 5
$999
From $999
Dell Small Business
Dell XPS 15 (2017) 03:23 4
out of 5
$999
From $999
Dell Home
MSI GP72VR 7RFX Leopard Pro 03:24 3.5
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
Amazon
MSI WT73VR 7RM 03:24 4
out of 5
$4,599
From $4,599
B & H Photo
Gigabyte Aero 15 03:26 3.5
out of 5
$1,899
From $1,899
Amazon
Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 03:27 3.5
out of 5
$899
From $899
Dell Small Business
HP Spectre 13 (2017) 03:29 3
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
HP
MSI WS63VR 7RL 03:29 4
out of 5
$3,099
From $3,099
Newegg

Other Benchmarks

  • Highest Resolution Screens - Screen resolutions that are higher than 1920 x 1080 (1080p).
  • Weight - Laptops that weigh 3.5 pounds or less.
  • Battery Life - Machines that lasted over 9 hours on our test.
  • Graphics Performance - Systems that achieved a high score on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark.
  • Hard Drive Speed - Reads and writes files the fastest with their hard drives or SSDs.
  • Overall Performance - Strongest scores on Geekbench 4, which measures overall system speed.
  • Productivity Performance - Top processor speed as measured by the Laptop Spreadsheet Macro test.
  • Display Brightness - The most luminous displays have a brightness of 300 nits or higher.
  • Color Gamut - The most vibrant laptop screens can reproduce at least 95 percent of the sRGB color gamut.